The City of Thunder Bay’s Anti-Racism and Equity Advisory Committee and Diversity Thunder Bay¬† produce this monthly column in the Chronicle Journal to promote greater understanding of race relations in Northwestern Ontario.
Please note that the views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the authors.
Interested authors, please see guidelines here:
One City Many Voices – Guidelines – 2023
For more information or to submit an article, please contact
Roopa Rakshit, OCMV Coordinator: roopalovesnature@gmail.com

Column Archive

May 2024 – Canada Should Condemn Israel By Walid Chahal

May 2024 – Inciting Hostility Crosses a Line by Diversity Thunder Bay

March 2024 – Celebrate the Women in Your Life by Jason Veltri

March 2024 – Delorme Seeks Bridge Between World Views by Walid Chahal

January 2024 – Advocacy Vital to Ensure a Better Community for All by Jason Veltri




December 2023 – Historic Day for Bangladesh by Leema Farha

November 2023 – Listen To The Differences by Roopa Rakshit
November 2023 – Rotary Finds Way to Pursue Diversity, Equity, Inclusion by Shelley Crawford
October 2023 – Immigrant Parents Face Challenge by Leema Farha
September 2023 – Embrace the Responsibilities That Come With Relationships by Peter Fergus-Moore
August 2023 – Indigenous Liason at Library Builds More Inclusive Setting by Craig Waboose
July 2023 – Celebrate Our Differences by Zohreh Ebrahimi
June 2023 – Collaborative Arts Community Creates City of Inclusivity by Abhijit Rao
May 2023 – Luso-Canadian Culture Thrives by Julio Heleno-Gomes
April 2023 – Education, Partnerships and Connections Will Make for a Stronger Thunder Bay by Sheena Campbell
March 2023 – It Can Be a Long Journey to Connect with the ‘Other’ by Leema Farha
February 2023 – A Journey From Head to Heart by Walid Chahal
January 2023 – Empower the North by Albert Brule
One City Many Voices
One City Many Voices celebrated 10 years of columns!
On November 30th 2022 there was an in-person event commemorating each article and author. The event also featured a panel discussion and promoted the opportunity to network with researchers from Lakehead University, Confederation College, grassroots organizations, and community leaders!
Coverage of the event can be viewed here:


December 2022 – Multicultural in Every Way by Leema Farha
November 2022 – Celebrate a Decade of Voices by Ian Pattison
October 2022 – Afghan Wedding Brings Hearts Cultures Together by Leema Farha
September 2022 – Researcher from Ukraine Thrives in Move to Lakehead by Thunder Bay CEDC
August 2022 – Bangladeshi Community Vibrant by Leema Farha
July 2022 – When Language Wasn’t Written by Cynthia Nault
May 2022 – Museums Play Important Role by Scott J. Bradley
April 2022 – Community Partners Continue Efforts to Fight Hate Racism by Lee-Ann Chevrette
February 2022 – Bill 21 Wrong for Canada by Jason Veltri
February 2022 – Speaker Talks Reconciliation by Lisa Beckwick
February 2022 – Black People Do Belong Here by Kristen Kowlessar
January 2022 – Social Media Social Responsibility by Stan Legarde


December 2021 – Lessons for Inclusive Spaces by Ayla Ludwig
November 2021 – Our Stories Can Change Lives by Ingrid Green
October 2021 – Reconciliation is a Process by Tiffany Miller
September 2021 – Students Confront History Through Magnus Production by Danielle Chandler
August 2021 – Report Racism to Fight Hatred by Brenda Joy Reimer
July 2021 – Microaggressions Are a Big Deal by Serena Dykstra
June 2021 – Keep Exploring Indigenous History Throughout the Year by Geraldine Kakeeway
June 2021 – Indigenous People Hold Unique Place in Multicultural Society by Lisa Schmidt
June 2021 – An Easy First Step to Inclusion by Tammy Drombolis
June 2021 – Pride Matters More Than Ever by Jason Veltri
May 2021 – Environmental Justice Tackles Systems Built on Inequities by Semie Sama
April 2021 – Local Action fosters inclusivity by Maneet Ahlawat
March 2021 – Wente To Speak at Celebration by Lisa Beckwick
February 2021 – Cultural Shift Adds Diversity by Sharon Bon
January 2021 -Hometown a Happy Place by Annissea Hopkins


December 2020 – Challenge the Way You Think by Kris Tonkens
November 2020 – Look Back So We Can Move Ahead Together by Tanis Thompson
October 2020-Poetry and Stories Build Anti-Racism Understanding by Annette Pateman
September 2020 – Serving Humanity an Important Practice for Sikhs by Neena Lamba
August 2020 – Let’s Celebrate Achievements of Refugees In Canada by Donna White
July 2020 – Champions of Respect Honoured by Jason Veltri
June 2020 -June an Important Month for Filipino Community by Jerome Padua
June 2020 – Uncomfortable Conversations Can Lead to Constructive Action by Jonathan Erua
May 2020 – Front-Line Warriors Give Us Hope by Roopa Rakshit
April 2020 -There Will Always Be Newcomers by Miriam Wall
March 2020 -Revealing Misdeeds Essential to Protect the Most Vulnerable by Margaret Wanlin
February 2020 – Raptors Superfan Bhatia To Speak On Discrimination by Lisa Beckwick

January 2020 -Strong Connection in City’s Black Population by Colleen Peters


December 2019 – Add your voice to the diversity conversation by Roopa Rakshit

November 2019 – Names break the ice as we learn about each other by Yuk-Sem Won

October 2019 – Refugees Big Dreams Come True At Lakehead University by Kevin Brooks

September 2019 – Theatre gives insight by exploring lives we haven’t lived by Noel Jones

August 2019 – The beauty of dual citizenship by Sanjida Rashid

July 2019 – City is Evolving by Laura Fralick

June 2019 – Women of the well by Donna White

May 2019 – Social bridges built with food in Culture Kitchen by Airin Stephens

April 2019 -Progress for Women Good for All by Chloe Poulin

March 2019 -Food Sovereignty Vital to Create First Nations Food Security by Levkoe & McLaughlin

February 2019 -Talaga Brings Message of Hope to Diversity Celebration by Lisa Beckwick

February 2019 -Bengali Language Movement Resonates in all Tongues by Nahid Anee

January 2019 -Roundtable Feedback Helps Federal Anti-racism Strategy by Patty Hajdu


December 2018 – Business Can Lead The Way To Support Diverse Community by Donna Yocom

November 2018 -Tapestry Women Build Connections, Celebrate Diversity by Roopa Rakshit

October 2018 -Local Church Embraces Diversity In Growing Congregation by Deborah Kraft

September 2018 -We Should All Feel At Home by Dreeni Geer

April 2018 -Better World Emerges Without Domination By One Culture by Paul Pugh

March 2018 -Reporting Racism Among Small Steps Being Taken by Brenda Reimer

February 2018 -Homeless To Harvard by Lisa Beckwick


December 2017 – From Different Pasts to a Common Future by W. Wang and H. Zhao

December 2017 – Everyone Deserves Respect by Brandon Walker

September 2017 – For the Good People of Thunder Bay by Reg Jones

August 2017 – Languages To Unite, Not Divide by Roopa Rakshit

July 2017 – Cultural Diversity, Respect Can Add Much To Our Lives by Brenda Reimer

June 2017 – Acting On Discomfort by Shawn Carney

May 2017 – A United Front by Robyn Medicine

April 2017 – Leaders Without Titles Needed To Champion Respect by Lee-Ann Chevrette

February 2017 – Warrior for Indigenous People to Speak at 11th DTB Breakfast by Lisa Beckwick


November 2016 – Be Outraged By Racism, Not Terms by Ayoub Ansari

October 2016 – Defeating the Trolls by Carling Vescio

August 2016 – How Youth Can End Racism by Laura Fralick

June 2016 – No Pork For Me, Thanks by Anna Meer

May 2016 – Great Leaders Earn Respect

April 2016 – The Unity Project by Precious Anderson

March 2016 – We Are All Immigrants by Paul Pugh

February 2016 – Lewis To Speak at Breakfast by Lisa Beckwick

January 2016 – Power and the Responsibility of Privilege by Chelsea Nagy


December 2015 – New Name, Same Focus Anti-Racism by Amina Abu-Bakare

November 2015 – Let’s Start Those Difficult Conversations by Robyn Pepin

October 2015 – Justice Denied, Again by Rawnda Abraham

September 2015 – We Have To Be In The Welcome Business by Cathy Woodbeck

April 2015 – Biases Kick In by Joyce Hunter

February 2015 – One To Watch by Lisa Beckwick

January 2015 – Work Together For A Unified City by Jerri-Lynn Orr


December 2014 – Teachers As Learners by Martha Moon

November 2014 – Metis Culture Emerges in Art by Lucy Fowler

October 2014 – The Metis A Unique Culture Alive and Well by Bryanna Scott

August 2014 – Racism, Words and Intent by Brianne Vescio

July 2014 – Building a Bright Future by Dr Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux

June 2014 – Reflect Today on the Meaning of Diversity, Respect by Michelle Mckenzie Lander

May 2014 – Through the Mouths of Children by Taina Maki Chahal

April 2014 – Youth Movement Most Dynamic Ever by Jacqueline Dyck

March 2014 – Stereotypes, Generalizations Can Be Hateful by Vince Simon

February 2014 – Gaza Doctor by Lisa Beckwick

January 2014 -Be an Ally by Paul Berger


December 2013 -Anti-Racism Work Continues by Amina Abu-Bakare

September 2013 – My Thunder Bay -A Diverse Community by Brenda Reimer

August 2013 -Curbing Racism Takes Effort, Co-operation by Paul Pugh

July 2013 – Idle No More Waters Are Stirring by Robert Horton

May 2013 – You, Your Neighbourhood Part of Evolving City by Rebecca Johnson

April 2013 – The End Game by Sandi Boucher

March 2013 – Neutrality and Racism What Can Journalists Do by Paul Berger

February 2013 – A Wall of Prejudice and Its Offspring, Racism by Aqsa Manawar

January 2013 – They Are Watching Us by Vince Simon


November 2012 – Somewhere Between Brown and White by Rikka Berkan

October 2012 – All Better Off Appreciating What Each Other Contributes by Paul Pugh

August 2012 – Welcome to the Purple-Striped and Pink-Spotted by Gurleen Chahal

July 2012 – Tappng Into the Global Mindset by Amina Abu-Bakare

June 2012 – Examine How Inequalities Get Reproduced by Walid Chahal

May 2012 – History Records Contributions of Many Peoples by Paul Pugh

April 2012 – All the Colours Have Teachings To Share by Sandi Boucher

April 2012 – Respect For All Begins at Home by Ann Magiskan

February 2012 – Treaties Complex But Must Be Respected by N. Crowe and K. Drake